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Route Irish (2010)

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The story of a private security contractor in Iraq who rejected the official explanation of his friend's death and sets out to discover the truth.

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Craig
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Maggie Southers ...
Frankie's Mother
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The story of a private security contractor in Iraq who rejected the official explanation of his friend's death and sets out to discover the truth.

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Harim: This song is from Mesopotamia, uh... which means the land between the two rivers: the Tigris and the Eufrates, where the homo sapiens learned to write, to count and mark the stars, which anthropologists called the cradle of civilizations. In my dreams it might be once again.
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Ken Loach can still teach us a thing or two
20 February 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Ken Loach's Route Irish tells the story of needless deaths in Iraq and their consequences upon those living there, in Britain and elsewhere.

When Fergus, a security officer once stationed in Iraq, finds out the mate he persuaded to work in Iraq, for the same security firm that employed him,has been killed in questionable circumstances, he sets out on an emotional journey to find out the truth behind his friend's death and the role played by all parties propelling this unfortunate country into chaos.

This is a journey that itself takes innocent lives and Loach makes pretty sure that outcomes like the casualties of war, profit-based occupation and misguided revenge step up and hit us in the face. Sure, maybe he's stating the bleedin' obvious, but sometimes the bleedin' obvious has such power it needs to get another run. Great stuff and wonderful acting from Mark Womack and Andrea Lowe. 8/10


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